State Launches Tier System To Monitor COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 6:15 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

Governor Kevin Stitt said on Tuesday, the state still has enough beds and staff to treat COVID-19 patients.

The state has now created a four-tier system that will help hospitals make staffing decisions. Fewer than 15% of all patients in hospitals are COVID-19 patients, so the state is in the lowest tier. If it increases, the state can call in extra staffing and limit elective surgeries.

“We want the public to know, hospitals across the state are working closely together to do everything in our power to take care of anyone who needs us, when they need us,” Jim Gebhart from Mercy Hospital said.

870 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.